This practice-based research project will explore experimental music practices of Middle Eastern female sound artists; its title —‘Heya’ or هي means ‘she’ in Arabic. It folds mainly around three cities Cairo, Tehran and Beirut, which were the nuclei of the Arab and Green Springs of 2011 and subsequent protests in 2019; have also been a hotbed of subversive music ever since. The research explores how experimental music such as phonography (field recording based sounds) and computer-based music, produced by women in these coinciding yet disparate contexts is concomitant with their political activism.

The project is lead by Jilliene Sellner and has been granted Chase DTP funding as a PhD supervised by Holly Rogers and Iris Garrelfs at the Music Department at Goldsmiths University, London from Autumn 2020 (previously guided and supervised by Thor Magnusson and Mimi Haddon at the University of Sussex).